Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 1st Jun 2010 09:42 UTC
Google Google employees have always had a remarkable amount of freedom when it comes to what operating system they wanted to run on company computers - Linux, Windows, Mac OS X, it was all fine. Since the China attacks, however, this has changed: Windows is no longer welcome on Google computers.
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Lets see
by Nitrodist on Tue 1st Jun 2010 11:38 UTC
Nitrodist
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2010-04-09

I bet this will be a slow process and most people will opt to shift to Mac OSX. It will just the the hardcore techies who will show Linux any love.

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RE: Lets see
by l3v1 on Tue 1st Jun 2010 11:45 in reply to "Lets see"
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2005-07-06

hardcore techies


I'd expect a lot of developers at google would fit under that label. However, I'd also expect that for most developers linux or osx would be equally acceptable, unless they do something osx-specific.

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RE[2]: Lets see
by google_ninja on Tue 1st Jun 2010 18:52 in reply to "RE: Lets see"
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2006-02-05

for me at any rate, it would be the other way around. unless I need something linux specific, I would rather use OSX, even though the majority of my tools run fine on both (gvim/bash/ruby)

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Linux IS for nerds!
by usr0 on Tue 1st Jun 2010 19:06 in reply to "Lets see"
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2006-10-27

Come on! Why the OP got an -1 rating?

I was member of staff during the 23th Chaos Communication Congress (a hacker conference) in Berlin.

There, a talk must be canceled because a techie could not connect his Linux box to the projector. And this is a common problem on Linux boxes that is known for decades and has not been fixed for decades.

Two years ago on my job, I had to fallback to a paper presentation because my Linux notebook has not managed to connect to a projector although I've tested it SEVERAL times before my presentation with the very same projector (and it worked — kindof).

So, the conclusion can only be: Linux is not yet ready for the desktop/notebook market. Google Chrome OS coud change it... but there is a long way to go.

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lemur2 Member since:
2007-02-17

Come on! Why the OP got an -1 rating? I was member of staff during the 23th Chaos Communication Congress (a hacker conference) in Berlin. There, a talk must be canceled because a techie could not connect his Linux box to the projector. And this is a common problem on Linux boxes that is known for decades and has not been fixed for decades. Two years ago on my job, I had to fallback to a paper presentation because my Linux notebook has not managed to connect to a projector although I've tested it SEVERAL times before my presentation with the very same projector (and it worked — kindof). So, the conclusion can only be: Linux is not yet ready for the desktop/notebook market. Google Chrome OS coud change it... but there is a long way to go.


My daughter called me the other day, and she asked if I could help out at her workplace (after-school care), because they were having a presentation that evening and could not get the projector to work with a laptop.

It turned out to be a Windows 7 computer that would not connect to the projector through a video splitter. Windows XP (on another laptop) would, Windows 7, no. They had a presentation program (for a video) that was only installed on the Windows 7 laptop. I had to take out the splitter, so that the presentation was visible only one one screen, not two as planned.

The quintessentially Windows experience (i.e. nightmare) involving binary-only executables, non-working drivers, dumbed-down to the point of lack of configurability, software which is licensed to run only on one particular machine, non-portability of applications, and application-specific file formats very nearly sunk the whole show, even though all of the hardware was in perfect working order.

There is a looooooong way to go for Windows.

Edited 2010-06-01 23:14 UTC

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